Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Tuvok mild-melds with a murderous Maquis crewman to better understand the roots of serial killing, losing control of himself in the process.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Brad Dourif ... Crewman Lon Suder
Angela Dohrmann ... Ricky
Simon Billig ... Lieutenant Hogan
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


Tuvok investigates the murder of a Voyager engineer. Former Maquis and Betazoid Lon Suder confesses to the murder and offers no explanation or signs of remorse. Tuvok, curious to find a reason for Suder's madness, performs a mind-meld on the killer, only to find himself losing his usual Vulcan control and regressing into madness. Written by Meribor

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Release Date:

5 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the first appearance of Voyager's brig. See more »


The head of an unconscious person will not remain in the same place as the person is being carried or lifted. Yet, Tuvok's head remains stationary as the Doctor and Captain Janeway pick him up off the sickbay floor (indicating that he's really not unconscious). See more »


Lieutenant Tuvok: [to Janeway] You disgust me. All you humans do.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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I much prefer Tuvak this way!
14 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode takes place completely aboard Voyager--usually a sign that it's a crappy show. However, this one is actually excellent. The show begins with the body of a murdered crew member being discovered. Crewman Suder is soon identified as the killer and this Betazoid soon admits he did it and it seems that he murdered because he enjoyed killing. As Tuvak is in charge of the case, he's completely perplexed as this sort of antisocial thinking is completely un-Vulcan. So, he attempts to use a mind meld to help Suder to become more normal as well as understand him. Unfortunately, this also turns Tuvak into an antisocial personality with a strong desire to kill--Neelix in particular (which is VERY understanding). What's to become of these two crazed crew members?

Brad Dourif stars as Suder and this is VERY interesting, as he played a murderer on "Babylon 5" as well--one who is captured and who is punished in a most unusual and interesting manner. Either way, this is a fascinating episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" and worth seeing.

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